|Lady Gaga and father, Joseph Germanotta|
Gaga said: "As much as I want the world to be happy, at the end of the day I just want my dad to be proud of me."
The pop superstar also spoke of her family's reaction to her rise to fame and various eccentric fashion choices – which have included a dress made out of meat and a Kermit the frog coat.
In an interview on Japanese TV talk show Tetsuko no Heya, she said: "They were sometimes worried, sometimes confused. But with all things, with all adversity it takes time. I was very patient with them and they were very patient with me.
"Now the most wonderful thing about my family is that we are rock solid."
The 25-year-old singer – who appeared on the program clad in a circular dress and sky-high heels – is also inspired by her millions of fans.
She explained: "As an artist I'm always trying to project to my fans and the world that the public does not define you who you are. You define you."
Lady Gaga has 'worshipped' Madonna her whole life
Lady Gaga is to guest judge ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
Rory McIlroy’s father - quietly proud on the sidelines as young son wins US Open